People need to be kept safe, but they should be able to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event, too, writes managing editor Peri Strathearn.
By all means everyone should have the opportunity to see the mighty Murray in flood. However please use common sense and respect for landowners along the river, by not entering private properties, blocking gateways and climbing over fences just to get that certain photograph!
Council's "public advice" was to prevent "Vehicle Access" only to Sturt Reserve but the fencing denies all access. In another following Council "public post" they are calling for food vans to apply for permits tu come and "feed the masses" of visitors coming to see the river in flood and their post includes #Sturt Reserve. Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing. !
There are a lot of people not doing the right thing. A lady was seen paddle boarding at Swanport only days ago. Yes it is a once in a lifetime event and very beautiful in places, but we also need to respect the river as it is extremely dangerous whilst in flood, the authorities are only trying to prevent accidents and tragedy. There are plenty of places to view without being at ground zero.
Totally agree - we are the Nanny State - we do not foster common sense in anyway.
We were told by senior SES people (wearing life jackets) that we should not be sandbagging - too dangerous!